Hey all! I know I said to look out for my next blog on Monday, but I got caught up in playing a couple of games I bought as a combo pack. That will be discussed next time. :P
As I mentioned in the previous entry, I will touch on the movies I have been watching these past couple of months. I have had the pleasure to take the time to sit down and catch up on movies I've missed out on thanks to Netflix. Before that, I recently went with a friend to see Unknown in theaters.
-Unknown (Rated PG-13) - I had some interest in watching it after seeing a few TV spots for it. When my friend and I saw it, we weren't disappointed. We admitted that the story was predictable as almost any action thriller would be, but it was very engaging and entertaining. The premise maybe similar to The Bourne Identity, but I found Unknown to be far more enjoyable than Bourne. Fans of thrillers and Liam Neeson may find plenty of enjoyment in this movie. (3 out of 4 stars)
By the way, is it me or does it seem that after his wife died Liam Neeson is starring in much grittier roles?
With that question out of the way, here are the movies I've watched so far whether it be on DVD or Instant Watch.
-Inserts (Rated NC-17) - Yes, I happened to see an NC-17 rated movie. Why, must you ask? After my family and I watched A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, I wanted to see what a particular actor in the movie had done. If anyone has seen it, Bob Hoskins (Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) played as a couple of characters in the movie. It just so happened that Inserts caught my eye simply because of the rating. :P It turns out that Richard Dreyfuss was involved in the movie before Jaws was released. Seeing his name in this movie interested me even more.
There is a trailer of the movie. I didn't bother to create a hyperlink for it because the end of it made it questionable whether to give it an NSFW tag or not. If you are interested, it's available on YouTube.
Now before anyone asks, this is technically my second film of this nature. The first one was Fritz the Cat... which I could care less for now (the interest in that movie was because I had watched a documentary of Robert Crumb for a film course). With Inserts, the movie has a couple of scenes that do give it the NC-17 rating, but everything else is just focused on how messed up these characters' lives are. I will give credit that the actors do a great job in this movie, and the way it's filmed makes you think that it was meant to be a stage production. Other than that, I can't really give it much of a recommendation because it just seemed to drag 15-20 minutes too long. (2 out of 4 stars)
-Risky Business (Rated R) - I finally got around to seeing this movie after hearing it from a few of my friends. Also, I was in a bit of a Tom Cruise kick and wanted to catch up on some movies he had done. I actually thought it was a very funny movie, and I really enjoyed it. :) The dialogue was witty, and the characters were very believable. If you're a fan of teen or coming-of-age movies, this one is worth checking out. :) (3.5 out of 4 stars)
-The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Rated PG) - The family wanted to see the movie, and I agreed to watch it with them. At first the movie was fairly entertaing, but Nicholas Cage's performance and the story's climax kind of dampered my interest in the film. The actor who voiced Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon was pretty funny in his role in my opinion. Everything else about the movie is pretty much your typical Jerry Bruckheimer produced movie, and that depends on how much you like his movies. (2.5 out of 4 stars)
-Duck, You Sucker (Rated PG) - Rated PG? I think this film was misrated. If you ask me, this movie is more R rated for its violence, brief nudity, and strong language. Besides that, this is another good Sergio Leone film. Rod Steiger and James Coburn are a great pair for this movie, and Leone's $tyle for huge, facial close-ups and historic accuracy of the film's time period (the Mexican Revolution) never disappoints. Newcomers of Leone's films may not welcome it with open arms, but this historic fictional film of the Mexican Revolution's brutality is well captured thanks to its great cinemotography. It may not be The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, but it's worthy Sergio Leone movie. (3.5 out of 4 stars)
Commando (Rated R) - I remember I had a couple of people online tell me to check this movie out after I had watched Eraser a while back. Well, I gave it a shot, and wow! This movie has its share of cheesy one liners. :P Overall, it's your typical Arnold Schwartzenegger action thriller with plenty of gun fights and explosions. :lol: It's an easy recommendation for Schwartzenegger fans. (3 out of 4 stars)
-A Clockwork Orange (Rated R) - I had been told that I should watch some of Stanley Kubrick's movies. After Dr. Strangelove, I wasn't sure because I couldn't really understand its satire. However, A Clockwork Orange has had my interest for some time. I think part of it had to do with the trailer playing Wendy Carlos' arrangement of William Tell Overture. I got with a friend to watch it, and... Well, it was quite a movie. :P I can't really say that it was all bad, but I can't say it was all good either. The main problem I had was the movie's focus on a dystopian future (was never a fan of the subject matter) and the character's enjoyment of sex and violence. I can understand the ideas the movie brings, but I didn't get any satsifaction of its overall direction with them. (2.5 out of 4 stars)
-Best In Show (Rated PG-13) - This was one of the Christopher Guest movies I wanted to see. It's a rather silly mockumentary focusing on people and their dogs, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is how most owners are about dog shows. :P It may get a bit obnoxious at times, but I enjoyed this movie more than I did with A Mighty Wind. (3 out of 4 stars)
-Sixteen Candles (Rated PG) - The was the only John Hughes directed movie I could think of that I haven't seen yet since everything else he's done is mostly produced and written by him. I'm probably too old to be watching this movie, but I actually had plenty of laughs from watching it. :P It's another movie for fans of teen and coming-of-age movies. (3 out of 4 stars)
-Top Gun (Rated PG) - I recall seeing bits and pieces of the movie but never sat down to watch all of it even though I own the soundtrack. :P I have to say that this was a pretty decent Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer movie. The story may not have aged well, but the aerial dogfights are the main highlight of this film. Overall, it's worth watching every now and then. (3 out of 4 stars)
-Rain Man (Rated R) - Before watching this movie, I didn't know how well I was going to respond to it. The reason is that my sister is autistic, and it was almost difficult to watch HBO's Temple Grandin, a very heart-warming movie in my opinion. However, this was another Tom Cruise movie I missed out on, and I was quite impressed with his and Dustin Hoffman's performance. The movie really struck a chord with me because I could relate to Cruise's character and his relationship with his autistic sibling. In a way, it was a sad movie, but it didn't bring close enough to tears as other people have stated after watching it. (3.5 out of 4 stars)
-Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Rated PG) - It had to happen at some point. I figured I would give the first movie a shot, and I guess it may be the last time I ever watch it. Why? I found it to be such a boring movie. If you ever plan on watching it, it's worth to see Douglas Trumbull's visual effects shots... when it's not dealing with extended, upclose shots of the starships. The other half of the movie does pick up, but I felt that it extended a bit more than it should. (2.5 out of 4 stars)
-Days of Thunder (Rated PG-13) - Other than another Tom Cruise movie I missed out on, there really isn't much to say about it. It's simply Top Gun gone Nascar. The only thing positive about the movie is its music score which reminded me of Daytona USA's tunes. :P (2 out of 4 stars)
-The Wild Bunch (Rated R) - This movie isn't your typical American Western. It goes to show that Sergio Leone isn't the only one who knows how brutal the West was. The Wild Bunch is supported with a very strong cast of actors, and many of the action scenes are worthy of rivalling Leone's Westerns. (3.5 out of 4 stars)
-Romancing the Stong (Rated PG) - I remember watching bits and pieces of this as a kid. I came across it again knowing that this was one of Robert Zemeckis' earlier movies. It's a very light-hearted action adventure movie, and I was fairly entertained by it. (3 out of 4 stars)
-Joe Kidd (Rated PG) - There isn't much I can say about the movie. It does have it's moments, but it's not enough that I thought it was weak compared to Eastwood's earlier Western roles. (2 out of 4 stars)
-Full Metal Jacket (Rated R) - For a Stanley Kubrick movie, I found this to be fairly decent. The first half I thought was pretty well done, but the second half could have been better since everything seemed to be slapped on together when the soldiers are fighting in Vietnam. Other than that, I wouldn't consider it to be a great war film. There are far better movies than this. (2.5 out of 4 stars)
-The Shining (Rated R) - Finally! Here is a Stanley Kubrick movie I actually enjoyed! :D I'm not a huge fan of horror films, but I found this one to be pretty good. Jack Nicholson is so great in this movie he actually spooked me a few times. :lol: The cinematography and the music score really help set the tone. (4 out of 4 stars)
-Band of Brothers (TV-MA) - My parents and I sat down to watch this miniseries on DVD. I know it's not a movie, but it really feels like an extended one. There were times when I had difficulties watching through the episodes, but they were well worth it in the end. This is definitely a miniseries worth watching to appreciate and understand what these men went through during World War II. (4 out of 4 stars)
Goodness! I started around 6:30pm, and it's now 11:01pm. XD I didn't think it would take me this long. Then again, this is probably what I get for not updating on a regular basis. ^^; Oh well. Next time, I'm sure my game and art discussions won't be this long, but we'll see. :P
Thanks for reading this rather long list of movies I've watched so far! This is Eddie the Wolf signing off.
Until next time! 8)